The thought of buying a digital piano is enough to cause some people to raise their eyebrows. That’s probably because many of these people remember the cheap digital models that were introduced by toy manufacturers during the 1980s. Fortunately, those days are over, and new digital models are not only worthy enough for piano students to buy for practice but are so good just about any musician would benefit from owning one of them. Below are ten of the best models available, just so you can see for yourself how far these instruments have come. It’s truly amazing the features built into some of them nowadays.
Our Top Picks for the Best Digital Pianos
#1 Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Keyboard
The Yamaha P71 may just be the greatest digital piano currently available. It not only has a space-saving design with a depth of only 12-inches and a weight of only 25-pounds, but it is also capable of producing some really great sound. This instrument features 88 fully weighted keys which help to simulate a real acoustic piano feel, and it has 10 different voices built into it–including the sampled tone of a real Yamaha acoustic grand piano. Another feature that really makes it stand out among other brands is that it also features a Dual Mode that combines two different voices together. The bottom line, however, is that it just sounds great.
#2 Casio Privia PX-160 Piano Bundle
This bundle comes with a pretty decent assortment of accessories. It comes with a CS-67 stand, a furniture bench, an SP-33 pedal, an instruction DVD and manual, and even comes with a polishing cloth for keeping everything in good condition. The star of this bundle isn’t all of these accessories however, it’s the Casio PX 160 itself that makes this bundle great. This is one of Casio’s best selling digital pianos and is a big improvement over their Casio PX 150. It is redesigned with a rich, high-quality speaker system that delivers beautiful sound, and is equipped with a great collection of piano and string ensemble tones. It really is a great digital piano bundle for its price.
#3 Yamaha PSR-EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard Bundle
This digital keyboard piano really has some nice features built into it that makes it a real pleasure to play. Not only does it have 76-keys which have a natural feel to them, but it also has 574 voices, 165 styles and 154 songs built into it as well. This unit is also equipped with Yamaha’s Education Suite, otherwise known as Y.E.S., that allows the student to practice their instrument using one of the many preset songs. Another innovative feature found on this piano is a USB to host feature that allows for easy transfer of MIDI files to a computer for manipulation using just about any compatible music software.
#4 Yamaha YDP103 Arius Series Digital Console
Not only does this digital piano play and sounds like a real acoustic guitar because of Yamaha’s GHS Weighted Action System and its AWM Stereo Sampling, but thanks to its console and bench it looks like one, too. This high-quality piano is equipped with 88-keys which reproduce an authentic acoustic touch and is also equipped with 10 built-in voices. Using this instrument’s Dual Mode, two of these voices can be played together if the musician wants or the voices can be played individually. All of which makes it a great instrument for any music room, classroom or study where a quality piano is needed.
#5 Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Piano
Like so many of Yamaha’s high-end digital pianos, this one manages to somehow replicate the sound and the feel of a real piano. It’s not only equipped with Yamaha’s GHS Weighted Action System that makes the player feel like their playing an actual acoustic piano, but it also has the sound of a real grand piano thanks to Yamaha’s sampling technology. This keyboard also features 10 different voices and is equipped with a Dual-Mode that allows the player to combine two different voices together at the same time. And since this instrument only has a depth of twelve inches and weighs only 25-pounds, it can be taken easily everywhere it’s needed.
#6 Yamaha P115 Weighted Action Piano
The sound which pours forth from this piano is hard to miss. That’s because Yamaha has gone through great pains to deliver a true grand piano sound by sampling their CFIIIS 9-foot concert grand piano and embedding its sound into this keyboard. This piano is also equipped with 88 weighted keys which make it feel just like an acoustic piano. This combination of delivering a rich concert grand piano with the tactile feel of a piano really creates an impression on anyone playing it. And since it’s also equipped with built-in rhythms, the musician won’t even need a backup band while they’re playing it.
#7 Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano
Anyone who has claimed that digital pianos aren’t capable of delivering a big sound has evidently never heard this Yamaha keyboard being played. It’s capable of delivering a grand piano sound, but do it while remaining extremely portable. It has a grades soft touch, so it can provide the player with several different types of resistance to mimic the keys of a real piano. It is also packed with 500 voices, 30 preset songs, and 160 preset styles. This makes this not only a useful instrument for beginners but also one that anyone who loves a rich sound will want to try out for themselves.
#8 Rockjam 88-Key Home Piano
This is another digital piano which really seems to pack some serious punch for an affordable price. It has 88 full-size keys which have a semi-weighted sensitivity to them. This allows the student to develop their sense of touch when playing the piano at the same time they’re developing their ear. It’s equipped with two 12-watt speakers which deliver high-quality stereo sound, and it has a pedal input that can be used to hook up a sustain pedal. Other features found on this model include 10 unique voices which include everything from a piano to a church organ, as well as an LED light up display.
#9 Alesis Recital 88-Key Semi-Weighted Piano
Although this product refers to itself as a beginner’s piano, the truth is that this instrument does have a lot of features which could prove useful to almost anyone. It has 88 full-sized keys that have a semi-weighted feel to them and allows beginning students to get used to the feel of a true piano. It also has built-in 20-watt stereo speakers that really deliver the sound out to the entire room, and it comes with a 1/4-inch stereo headphone output that allows the student to practice privately. Also built into this model is a 128 note polyphony with two built-in effects: reverb and chorus.
#10 Joy 61-Key Standard Electronic Piano Set
The 61-key piano contained in this set was designed with serious musicians in mind, and that’s very obvious from looking at its features. It has an MP3 music player function built-into it, has 50 demonstration songs, and over 255 timbres and 255 rhythms. This instrument also features an LED screen that allows the operator to choose the functions and the effects they want to use. This set also comes with a number of other accessories which only enhance the usefulness of the keyboard, and these accessories include a music stand, headphone, bench, a 12-volt AC adapter, a keyboard stand and a user’s manual which explains all of this product’s features.